For Immediate Release
June 27, 2013
By Tom Cummings
MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT THIS SATURDAY
Racing returns to the concrete high banks of Shangri-La II Motorspeedway this Saturday night for the Mid-Season Championships. Sportsman, Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks will all be in action. The planned “Family Fun Night” activities have unfortunately been postponed for this week. The rescheduled date for Family Fun Night will be released in the near future.
The racing action has heated up on the track, just as much as the temperatures of summer. The Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks continue to have fast cars, close competition and a revolving door on who will be leading the points. Defending track champion, Jeff Goodwin reclaimed the top spot from Chris Zacharias on June 15th , but by only eight points. Both drivers have two wins apiece. Early season points leader, Charlie Sharpsteen remains strong in the third position, twenty eight points out of the lead. Jake Snell and Jason Duke, Sr. complete the top five in points respectively, the highest they have either been in points at Shangri-La II. Tyler Rypkema has had the hot foot in the Sportsman division winning the previous two events, however the teen driver from Owego trails third generation Candor, NY driver, T.J. Zacharias by one point entering Saturday’s action. Third place driver, Paul Johnson, fourth place driver Mikayla Rypkema and the rookie in fifth place, Randy Brokaw are all at the highest spot in the points they have ever been at The Concrete Castle. Gene Purvis is on a roll in the Four Cylinder Stocks, having won all five features and all of his heat races this season. Young driver, Nick Morich is definitely learning from one of the best in the division as the rookie sits second in the points.
The racing action in 2013 is definitely intense and totally unpredictable. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing beginning at 7:00 pm. Remember to bring back your wristbands from last week for $2.00 off of Grandstand admission. Show your wristbands at Pudgie’s Pizza in Binghamton or Waverly and receive a discount on your food purchase. There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway.
Sometime fate brings people together by Carol Houssock
Two years ago longtime motorsports announcer and journalist, Al Robinson, suffered a massive stroke. Since May of 2011 he was been residing in a Tioga County, NY nursing home, but proving every day that the human spirit can work wonders in one’s recovery. Al has come a long way. And his hopes of a return to his own home are more of reality, thanks to some great friends….and a bunch of people he doesn’t know.
Case managers at the nursing home conducted a home visit and developed a list of modifications that would have to be completed at his home before he could safely return there. Al’s longtime friend and fellow motorsports veteran, Jim Burleigh, installed grab bars and made many other required changes.
Carol Houssock, who has been filling in for Robinson as co-announcer at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway, is also the Director of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps. When she and Burleigh spoke recently about Al and his possible return home, he told her there were a couple major items still on the “to do” list and beyond his capability. One of those would have to be done by a plumber while the other was the construction of a ramp at Al’s house.